University Centre Sparsholt

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: University of Portsmouth

Sports Fisheries and Aquaculture

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Course summary


  • Focus on vocational learning and gain skills in subjects such as water quality, fish anatomy and physiology, aquaculture and fish health and nutrition
  • Experience the industry through visits to fish farms and fisheries and research and collaborative projects
  • Benefit from work placements in areas such as salmon farming, specimen carp fisheries, river keeping or even Jamaican tilapia farming
  • Progress to final year of relevant BSc (Hons) programme after successful completion
What will I learn? The programme is designed to develop the practical, scientific and specialist skills needed by the fishery management and aquaculture industry. Subjects studied include water quality, fish anatomy and physiology, fishery management and ecology, aquaculture and fish health and nutrition. You will also gain work experience in various industry sectors. Previous placements range from Scottish salmon farms, specimen carp fisheries in England, France and Spain and a tilapia farm in Jamaica to river keeping on local chalk streams, the London Aquarium, the Fish Disease Laboratory at Weymouth and bait manufacturers. Study tours are embedded into the course at Level 4 (Scotland) and Level 5 (Malta). They are a great opportunity to experience different vocational opportunities and other facilities. Where can I go from here? You can progress to the BSc (Hons) in Aquaculture and Fishery Management Top-up at University Centre Sparsholt; alternatively there are BSc programmes available at other universities. Sparsholt students have also gained employment as sports fishery managers, fish farmers and fishery officers in the Environment Agency.

Course details


YEAR 1 • Academic Skills • Fishery Science (F) • Industrial Experience • Introductory Fishery Management • Introductory Science (B) • Salmonid Aquaculture • Water Quality YEAR 2 • Applied Industrial Research • Financial Studies (H) • Fish Health And Nutrition • Fishery Appraisal • Industrial Development • Marine Fish Farming • Tropical Aquaculture

Assessment method

Assessment includes coursework (such as practical portfolios, laboratory reports, case studies and essay style assignments) in combination with formal examinations and group research projects.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We welcome applications from international students. For further details on the English language requirements, visa requirements and student life, please see our website

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

The minimum academic entry requirement for our FdSc degree (excluding Vet Nursing Science)is 64-96 UCAS Tariff Points, dependent on your qualifications. Please see Applicants with non-standard or overseas qualifications, previous learning towards a degree level course or work experience in a relevant subject area may also be considered. If you have a question about the academic requirements, please email [email protected]

Additional entry requirements


GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above or equivalent.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6Overall score of 6.0 with minimum scores of 5.5 in any of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR B2)
Trinity ISEPassPass in each of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR B2)
PTE Academic60Minimum score of 60 or higher in each of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR B2)

We will also accept the following qualification: LanguageCert International ESOL SELT - minimum score of 33/50 in each of Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening (CEFR B2)

Please email [email protected] for details

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £9800 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
International £9800 Year 1
Channel Islands £9800 Year 1

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Sponsorship information

Sparsholt offers a College Bursary of up to £750 per annum to all eligible students and an Aim Higher Bursary to £1200 to all students progressing from a Sparsholt Level 3 course to a FdSc or BSc. Degree students can also apply for a grant to help cover non-travel costs associated with dissertations/ research projects, and subscriptions. For further details please see our website

Sports Fisheries and Aquaculture at University Centre Sparsholt - UCAS